As a very last minute decision, my friends and I organised a trip to Bristol and Bath for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. We decided to spend one night in Bristol and one night in Bath. Unsurprisingly, most hotels were either full up or too expensive. Luckily, we came across Mercure Bristol Holland House, which had a few rooms available and was just about right for our budget.
Mercure Bristol Holland House is part of the Mercure Hotels group, which is owned by the French multinational company Accore. The hotel is conveniently located just on the edge of the centre of Bristol, and a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads station. The hotel was converted from a 1970s office block but its looks are deceiving as it is rather lush on the inside.
We arrived in Bristol on Friday morning at around 11:30am and headed straight to the hotel to drop off our luggage. Although check-in wasn't actually until 3:00pm, we were able to leave our luggage in the storage room. We then set off to explore the city.
Utterly exhausted after doing so much walking, my friends and I returned to the hotel in the early evening. Check-in was very quick and finding the rooms was very straightforward. My room was on the fourth floor, which is accessible via a lift. The room was very clean and tidy and looked exactly how I expected.
The room was well-equipped, with a double bed, en suite bathroom, wardrobe, desk and a flat-screen TV. There was also a minibar, ironing board and facilities for making tea and coffee. In the main room, you'll find two mirrors: one full-length and the other suitable for use when putting on makeup or drying your hair. The room also has a generous amount of electrical sockets (two of which are suitable for USB cables), so you can easily charge multiple gadgets at once.
Breakfast is included in the room price and was available from 7:00am to 11:00am on the Saturday morning I was in Bristol - so you can have a bit of a lie-in if you went out the night before. When my friends and I went down at 8:30am, the breakfast room was relatively busy, but we were able to sit down straight away. The waiter then left us to our own devices and we could choose our own food from the buffet. There was a generous selection of juices, pastries, fruit, cereal, bread, hot drinks and hot food (including fried eggs, scrambled eggs, hash browns, cooked tomatoes, sausages and bacon). I decided to try the rhubarb juice and lemon and ginger tea, as well as a bowl of granola with some dried fruit and nuts. I then got a plate of scrambled eggs and hash browns. A delicious and filling start to the day!
Apart from breakfast, the hotel's restaurant is open throughout the day, so guests can pop in for a quick bite to eat after going for a swim, or dine in during the evening. On the menu, you'll find soup, sandwiches, salads, stone-baked pizza, pies, burgers and curry. You can order the food to your room if you feel like treating yourself. The restaurant is open from 12:00pm to 9:30pm every day, and it has a contemporary open-plan layout.
In terms of facilities, Mercure Bristol Holland House has its own (very small) gym and indoor swimming pool. Sadly, my friends and I didn't have any time to use either, as we were only in Bristol for one night, but the pool did seem popular with families. There is also a spa, with 14 beauty treatment rooms.
If you ever happen to visit Bristol, Mercure Bristol Holland House is the ideal place to stay. Whether you're with young kids, a romantic partner, a group of friends or on your own, you'll find comfort and excellent service at the hotel. The only downsides were that the bathroom didn't have a lock and you have to download WhatsApp to communicate with hotel staff from your room. Be sure to have enough time in Bristol to make use of the hotel's fantastic facilities!